Lockheed Martin test-fires long-range Precision Strike Missile

11 December 2019 (Last Updated July 21st, 2020 15:04)

Lockheed Martin has test-fired the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) at the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

Lockheed Martin has test-fired the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) at the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

The company has announced that the test-firing was successful and the next-generation long-range missile met all test objectives.

The missile has been designed to meet the US Army requirements under the PrSM programme.

Lockheed Martin fired the missile from the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher. During the flight test, the PrSM attained a distance of around 240km to the target area.

Lockheed Martin Precision Fires and Combat Maneuver Systems vice-president Gaylia Campbell said: “Today’s success validates all of the hard work our PrSM team has put into the design and development of this missile.

“This test flight is the most recent success in a long line of product component and sub-component testing successes conducted as part of our proven development discipline to assure total mission success for our US Army customer.”

The test flight was performed to assess whether the missile maintains flight trajectory, accuracy and range from launch to warhead event.

Objectives also included evaluating the performance of system software and interfaces with the launcher.

Campbell added: “We are building reliability into our PrSM at every level. We are confident that our years of demonstrated experience in delivering unmatched precision fires capabilities for our US Army customer and our commitment to ensuring affordability will result in the best PrSM option.”

Lockheed Martin stated that the success of the flight test takes the PrSM closer to early ‘US Army acquisition of new long-range capabilities’.

The new surface-to-surface weapon is positioned as a next-generation system that can attack and destroy targets on the combat field.

The missile will also provide a new long-range capability to field artillery units.